Police chase shooter through Victoria at speeds of 100 mph

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Feb. 26, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.

An altercation early Sunday at Big Vic Truck Stop near U.S. Highway 87 and U.S. Highway 59 resulted in a high-speed car chase through Victoria.

Police were called to Big Vic's at 2:35 a.m. after an employee of the truck stop reported a man was in the parking firing a handgun, Victoria Police Department Sgt. Erica Vaccaro said.

"We're not sure if he was shooting in the air, or at someone," Vaccaro said.

The man firing the gun, who has not yet been identified, ran toward Alecia's Place and jumped into a GMC Sierra truck in the parking lot of the bar. The truck belonged to a relative of the driver, Vaccaro said.

The man drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed down Pleasant Green Road, Vaccaro said, hitting another vehicle in the parking lot while driving away. The owner of the vehicle that was hit in the parking lot also started chasing the GMC alongside police cars, Vaccaro said.

"He was angry his car was hit and took off after him," Vaccaro said.

Police officers chased the driver at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, north on South Laurent Street before he stopped at 2:40 a.m. at Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park in the 1200 block of South Laurent Street.

Vacarro said police think two men were in the GMC, and they took off on foot after pulling into the mobile home park.

Tracking dogs were called to the scene, but they were unable to pick up a scent of the men, Vaccaro said.

The man whose car was hit by the GMC, pulled over in the trailer lot and gave information to the police.

The men driving the GMC were not arrested, but Vaccaro said they have identified two persons of interest. The case in under investigation.

No one was injured during the chase, Vaccaro said.



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